According to a tweet by the original folks behind Nostalrius, the new version of the World of Warcraft classic emulator has already (or only, depending on your read) seen 25,000 accounts generate a key.
Yesterday, the new masters of the emulator opened registration for former Nostalrius players, who were able to generate a token to transfer their characters to the new servers.
Nostalrius has previously claimed that prior to the C&D letter that prompted its shutdown, it had between 150,000 and 220,000 “active” accounts with as many as 800,000 total. The petition asking Blizzard to consider legacy servers stands at 276,000 signatures since April.
Back before BlizzCon, the admins of the sunsetted illegal World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius issued a threat as part of this year’s until-then-ongoing conversation with Blizzard regarding official vanilla or legacy servers. “If Blizzard doesn’t make an announcement to honour their own core values, be sure that we will,” they wrote. Blizzard didn’t take the bait, so Nostalrius announced it would release its code to the community and allow a rival emulator, the Ukraine-based Elysium, to restart a PvE and PvP Nostalrius emu under its banner, which is precisely what’s happening this weekend.
25k accounts have successfully generated a token so far! This is impressive.
— NostalriusBegins (@NostalBegins) December 13, 2016